Nov 27, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive lineman Stanley Lambert (14) reacts after sacking Arizona Wildcats quarterback Will Plummer (15) during the 95th Territorial Cup game at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

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Arizona State DL facing DUI charges in accident that killed pedestrian

Arizona State defensive lineman Stanley Lambert is facing two drunk-driving charges in connection with the death of a pedestrian in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Lambert allegedly struck and killed Norah Bruther, 23, of New Jersey, who was visiting the area, Fox 10 in Phoenix reported. She was attempting to cross Camelback Road in Scottsdale when she was hit early Saturday morning.

Lambert was booked on two charges, including one for allegedly having a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more. Additional charges could be filed, police told the TV station.

The Arizona State athletic department issued a statement on Sunday.

“We are aware of the tragic situation over the weekend involving one of our student-athletes,” the statement read. “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all involved. We are still gathering information and we do not have any other statement at this time.”

The 6-foot-4 Lambert is a redshirt senior from San Antonio. He appeared in six games for the Sun Devils last season and made three tackles and added two sacks for 17 yards.

Lambert was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2018.

–Field Level Media

Dec 30, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) warms up before facing the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2021 Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona St. QB Jayden Daniels enters transfer portal

Arizona State three-year starting quarterback Jayden Daniels has entered the transfer portal, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Daniels has two years of eligibility remaining, the second due to the NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver.

Daniels announced in December that he would return to Tempe for his senior season. But since then, both coordinators have resigned amid an ongoing investigation into the program’s recruiting practices. Glenn Thomas was named the new OC, ASU’s third in four seasons.

Daniels threw for 2,380 yards with 10 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 2021. He rushed for 710 yards and six touchdowns.

The former four-star recruit has thrown for 6,025 career yards with 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the Sun Devils.

–Field Level Media

Jan 29, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Brian Billick on radio row at the Super Bowl LIII media center at the Georgia World Congress Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State adds former NFL coach Brian Billick

Arizona State named former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick to the coaching staff in an offensive analyst and advisory role.

Billick joins a staff that includes Marvin Lewis, who worked as defensive coordinator of the Ravens under Billick, giving the Sun Devils three former NFL head coaches — including head coach Herman Edwards.

“I am pleased to announce to Sun Devil fans that Brian Billick has accepted the position as Offensive Analyst, Advisor To The Head Coach, on my staff at Arizona State University,” Edwards said in a statement Monday. “I have known Brian since the 1980s and he is a person whom I completely trust. He has built one of the finest reputations the NFL has ever known, serving as a head coach, an assistant coach and as a respected television analyst. Brian has one of the brightest offensive minds in football today and that is especially why I hired him. He will serve as a valuable resource to our entire coaching staff, but specifically to our offensive staff.”

ASU vice president Ray Anderson also has ties to the current NFL Network analyst.

Billick said he met Edwards more than 40 years ago and his relationship with Lewis is also decades old.

Billick, 67, an understudy to the late Bill Walsh, said Arizona State reached out to him during the Hula Bowl two weeks ago and he was instantly intrigued.

“They proposed this opportunity to me, to have another set of eyes looking at and evaluating Sun Devil football and I thought it was the right time for me to make this move,” Billick said. “I love what they are doing at ASU. It’s all about structure in the NFL and hopefully that’s what I can bring to the table at ASU. My work for the last 12 years in television at Fox and the NFL Network has allowed me to take a step back and see the game from a different angle. It broadened my perspective and that is what I will bring to this position.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2021; Provo, Utah, USA; Brigham Young Cougars mascot Cosmo body surfs as fans stormed the field after their win over the Utah Utes at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

No. 23 BYU targets another Pac-12 foe in No. 19 Arizona State

No. 19 Arizona State is preparing to play its first road game with fans in the stadium since 2019 when the Sun Devils travel to Provo, Utah, to face No. 23 BYU on Saturday.

COVID-19 protocol kept fans out of the stadium for the Sun Devils’ 2020 season that included four games against Pac-12 opponents.

Arizona State coach Herm Edwards knows of the challenge ahead facing the Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium in a higher altitude than Tempe, Ariz.

The Sun Devils (2-0) have routed Southern Utah and UNLV at home in their first two games, outscoring those teams by a combined 78-24.

“They’ve got a great fan base, and it’s going to be loud,” Edwards said of the BYU game. “You couldn’t go into a better venue when you think about college football. They have a great venue and they do a great job supporting their team.

“This is kind of what you want to experience as a football team. Kind of figure out what you are.”

What the Sun Devils have shown offensively to this point is a potent running game with versatile quarterback Jayden Daniels leading the team in rushing (165 yards on 19 carries) and passing (30 completions in 41 attempts for 307 yards with two touchdowns and an interception).

Arizona State is coming off rushing for 290 yards in the 37-10 win over UNLV with Daniels gaining 125 yards on 13 carries, Rachaad White amassing 90 yards on 22 rushes and two touchdowns, and Daniyel Ngata gaining 64 yards on six rushes with a score.

BYU (2-0) will look to win its first three games against Pac-12 opponents. The Independent power has already defeated Arizona 24-16 in Las Vegas and rival Utah 26-17 in Provo.

The Cougars are also trying to start consecutive seasons 3-0 for the first time since the 1951 and 1952 seasons.

BYU coach Kilani Sitake, 40-26 in his sixth season at his alma mater, said he believes the matchup with the Sun Devils will be the “most difficult” to this point in the season.

“They have tons of athletes and size and playmaking ability in a lot of different places,” Sitake said. “Jayden Daniels is a really, really good player. He has a lot of poise. He just seems like a veteran right now, and he is surrounded by a physical, athletic offensive line, good tight ends that can block and catch, and a number of skill players at running back and receiver that have tons of athleticism and speed.”

Edwards is equally impressed with BYU quarterback Jaren Hall, who he describes as a “wow guy.”

Hall has completed 36 of 58 pass attempts for 347 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He is a dual threat similar to Daniels, rushing for 128 yards on 13 carries.

His favorite target, Neil Pau’u, has 11 receptions for 145 yards with three touchdowns.

Tyler Allgeier is BYU’s featured back with 196 yards on 44 carries with a touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2019; San Diego, California, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Kedon Slovis (9) throws the ball against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first quarter during the Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New faces abound as No. 20 USC hosts ASU in opener

A belated start to the 2020 Pac-12 Conference football season adds heightened importance when South Division counterparts Arizona State and No. 20-ranked Southern California meet Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Both the Sun Devils and Trojans embark on the pandemic-shortened season with designs on a conference championship. They were picked second and first, respectively, in the division’s preseason media poll.

But with both programs featuring plenty of new faces in crucial spots, Saturday’s season opener has a steeper learning curve than the first game of a typical season.

“Not a lot of margin for error,” Arizona State coach Herm Edwards said during his Monday press conference. “Every team that’s involved in this Pac-12 situations (knows that) they’re all important. Every win you get, you feel like you’re in the race.”

Conversely, losses become more difficult to overcome with fewer opportunities to play catch-up. Each Pac-12 team is scheduled for six games, down from the nine in traditional seasons.

USC experienced the horse-race nature of a conference race in 2019, scoring a head-to-head win over eventual South champion Utah but losing its edge down the stretch.

Several key Trojans from that team return, led by quarterback Kedon Slovis. Thrown unexpectedly into the lineup last season in Week 1 after JT Daniels suffered an ACL tear, Slovis set a bevy of program records in an overhauled offense.

In year No. 2 of offensive coordinator Graham Harrell’s air-raid attack, Slovis will be throwing to standout wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns. Highly touted recruit Bru McCoy also joins the fold after redshirting in 2019, the result of a tumultuous recruiting process.

USC hopes the success it enjoyed shaking up its offense a season ago — improving its per-game scoring output by more than a touchdown — will translate with a new defensive coordinator. Todd Orlando replaced Clancy Pendergast in January.

Pendergast’s defense allowed an average of more than 29 points a game in 2019, failing to adjust to the pace-of-play introduced with a new offense. Conversely, Orlando spent the previous five years at Houston and Texas, overseeing defenses paired with quick-strike offenses.

Orlando is one of a multitude of new coordinators making their debut on Saturday. Arizona State brought in offensive coordinator Zak Hill from Boise State to replace the fired Rob Likens.

On defense for the Sun Devils, coordinator Danny Gonzales left for the head coaching vacancy at New Mexico. In his place, Edwards brought longtime NFL coach Marvin Lewis and promoted celebrated recruiter Antonio Pierce to co-defensive coordinators.

Lewis and Pierce are shifting from the 3-3-5 defense under Gonzales to a 4-3 base, which USC coach Clay Helton said on Monday presents “some unscouted looks.”

“[It’s] a total different system than last year,” Helton said.

USC won a 31-26 nail-biter between the teams last November after scoring 28 points in the first quarter.

“Marvin’s got a ton of experience, one of the better coaches in the history of our game,” Helton said.

Helton offered effusive praise for Arizona State linebackers Darien Butler and Merlin Robertson, both of whom enter their third year as starters. Butler and Robertson reflect Edwards’ stated willingness for “(giving younger) guys opportunities.”

That should be more so the case on offense than defense, where Arizona State is less experienced. The Sun Devils lost wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk and running back Eno Benjamin but dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels returns for his sophomore season.

Like USC’s Slovis, Daniels was impressive as a freshman with the Los Angeles-area native throwing 17 touchdowns passes with just two interceptions.

–Field Level Media